Dundee Soup at V&A Dundee

Venue: V&A Dundee // Date: May 8 // Times: 6pm – 8pm // Bookings

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Dundee Soup is a social event supporting local community-based projects and creating new connections in the city. We’re delighted to let you know that the next Dundee Soup will happen on Wednesday 8th May, from 6pm – 8pm, at V&A Dundee, as part of Dundee Design Month 2019.

Dundee Soups are run by Creative Dundee and The Circle. This event is kindly hosted and sponsored by V&A Dundee.

For a suggested donation of £5 or more, you can join us on the night, receive a simple soup supper and hear four short presentations from local people with creative ideas to benefit their community – these can range from art, design, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and much more. At the end of the night, everyone gives their donations directly to their preferred projects!

Dundee Soup dinners are open to anyone – whether you need help for an idea that could benefit the Dundee community or you want to support a project that aims to tackle local challenges!


Speakers include:

Genna Miller presenting Community Food Larder and Freecycle, a project helping to provide the community of North East Dundee with cheap food and the chance to reduce, reuse and recycle, while empowering the local community through volunteering opportunities. They also provide a space and a platform for other projects, groups and enterprises to showcase what they do and what they can offer to the community.

Andrew Batchelor presenting Dundee Culture, a digital platform showcasing Dundee to the world and a hub to all things cultural in Dundee! Dundee Culture post and share new content based on the latest cultural news and events from across the city ranging from concerts to theatre productions, from festivals to public events, Dundee Culture does it all!

Sorcha Pringle presenting A Shared City, a project using the arts to bring women from different cultural backgrounds living in Dundee together, and exploring what does it mean to make A place Home as a community of multicultural women. This will be gathering of women from different backgrounds to eat, discuss and create.

Saoirse Anis presenting Deetour, a trail of around ten artworks on various sites on or visible from the streets, starting from near the V&A, heading up towards Stobswell, to celebrate the fact that Dundee’s creativity isn’t confined to the waterfront. They could be experienced during an organised tour, or merely stumbled-upon by chance.

How to apply?

Anyone who has an idea to benefit Dundee’s communities can pitch – whether you are an individual, small team or community group. With a special focus on design, we’re looking forward to hear from people who want to use design in their community – in relation to space, organisational change, food sharing, human well-being or energy efficiency, to name a few.

“Good design is all about solving problems and improving people’s lives – not just by changing the way things look, but the way things work.” – Peter Nurick of V&A Dundee.

“Dundee Soup gives micro-grants to creative projects which benefit the Dundee community. The event offers a safe space, a platform to connect and collaborate. This is a democratic experiment where people come forward with creative ideas to benefit their community and get support from others.” – Claire Dufour of Creative Dundee.

Applications are now closed.

About Soups

The first SOUP was developed in Detroit in 2010 with a group of artists’ friends gathered around a dinner to share ideas about art challenges, finding innovative solutions and imperfect ideas for projects that were hard to discover funding for. Over the years, Detroit SOUP has moved from funding artists to a wide variety of community members that need a little money to start their projects and the challenging ideas pushed people to think about the city in different ways.

“It’s a little bit of funding, it’s a lot more empowering and it’s even more about connectivity.” – Amy Kaherl, Detroit Soup founder. Find out more about Detroit Soup here.

Dundee Soup #6
6pm – 8pm: Wednesday 8th May 2019
V&A Dundee
1 Riverside Esplanade
Dundee DD1 4EZ

This event is produced in partnership between Creative Dundee and The Circle for kindly coordinating Dundee Soup. Thanks to Shona Littlejohn for helping kick-start the first Dundee Soup to happen in the city in April 2017.

See previous Dundee Soup projects here.

If you are interested in hosting a Dundee Soup in the future, sponsor the supper, play some music, or something else on the night then get in touch – we’d love to hear from you: news@creativedundee.com.

Huge thanks to Allison Declercq for making this video above. Check her work here!

If you enjoy Creative Dundee’s work……

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